Incredible images from one of the most legendary reggae labels ever – the mighty Studio One, home to decades of classic music, put together with equally-classic images on the record covers! The book is maybe even more of a treasure than some other album art books you'll find – because over the years, many of the Studio One images were pretty watered-down on the market – either pressed up on poor paper that never stood the test of time, or cropped and cribbed from for mainstream reissue packages – but never with the same sort of beauty you'll find in these images! The book is done in the same totally great style as other Soul Jazz books – and features full album images on 12" by 12" pages – all in brilliant color, too. There's some helpful notes at the beginning, and throughout in a few spots – and the book is super-heavy, and 216 pages in all – with some smaller images at the back. Book
Amazing images galore – some classic covers from the Jamaican scene of the 60s and 70s, and lots more obscure images too – all presented in very vivid color, with a lot more clarity than any of the beat up original copies we have in our collection! The book really does full justice to the visual side of the reggae scene – and brings together a huge amount of covers we've never seen before, with others that look way more vibrant here than on a tiny CD reissue – presented in this record-shaped book that reminds us why albums always look so great in the racks! Most images are overflowing with color – really beautiful reproductions – and the oversized book is hardcover, and almost 240 pages overall. Book
Michael Crichton (writing as John Lange) —
Scratch One ... Book Hard Case Crime, 1967. New Copy ...
A classic "wrong man" story – as an American laywer is mistaken for an agent out to take down a ring of global terrorists – caught in a web of suspense as he tries to prove his identity against a ticking clock set by some of he world's deadliest killers! The book's a great early effort from Michael Crichton – brought to light by the excellent efforts of the Hard Case Crime series – who've issued some of the best paperback prose we've ever read, both classic and contemporary. 268 pages, with a vibe that really lives up to the image on the cover. Book
A wonderfully detailed story of one of the coolest record labels ever – a book that really gets at the huge range of folk, blues, psych, and other wonderful sounds issued by Elektra Records! The tome is massive – big enough to feature a lot of full color pictures, but with a much stronger emphasis on text than usual for this sort of volume – with an especially deep look into the early days of Zac Holzman, and his initial love of pre-rock modes before the bigger shift to more popular Elektra modes of the late 60s. The book is over 300 pages, and is past the halfway mark before The Doors even come into the picture – which really gives you an idea of the kind of detail involved, The book also features a full Elektra discography in the back – at least until the point at which Holzman left the label – and the whole thing's honestly one of the best accounts of a label's formation we've ever read. 304 pages, oversized, with some color images. Book
A great introduction to one of the rarest sides of the jazz vinyl spectrum – the smaller 7" EP recordings that were issued heavily by US and European labels in the 50s and 60s! Although some of these sides featured work from full length albums, a good many of the – especially in Europe – featured exclusive tracks that were often eclipsed by the bigger releases, and which make for some of the most unusual work by the artists involved. This well-done issue of Jazz Critique offers a great overview of this under-collected side of jazz vinyl – and features an initial section with many EP covers in color, then fuller discographical listings in black and white, with session, date, and player information! Important details are all in English, with added commentary in Japanese – but whatever your language, there's plenty interesting stuff here to hip you to more music! This EP section takes up most of the magazine – over 100 pages – and the rest is articles and reviews in Japanese. Book
A huge guide to the jazz piano scene in Europe – put together here as a special issue of Jazz Critique magazine! The first half of the issue stands as a large discography, filled with listings for obscure releases we might not have seen otherwise – mostly contemporary recordings from the past decade or two, but featuring work by some of the greatest European pianists of the time. There's a special focus on trio dates – as you'd guess from the title – and each listing includes English language text on the players, songs, label, and other details, plus images of the album – followed by more text in Japanese. The second half of the book-like publication features regular Jazz Critique magazine content – with a similar use of English at times in the details of releases – and the front of the issue has a nice color section, with images of lots of album covers too! 260 pages. Book